Everyone loves to talk about how everything is bigger in Texas. In the case of attendance at football games, that’s actually true.
As noted on Twitter by Greg Tepper, the attendance at AT&T Stadium for the Class 6A Division II title game, won by the Allen Eagles, was a robust 52,308. To put that in perspective, just consider some of these other attendance data points:
If the UIL 6A Division II final outdrew college games in the regular season, bowl games would have to hold up better, right? Not necessarily.
So far, the UIL contest has outdrawn each and every bowl game of the 2014-15 season. Here’s how those attendances looked heading into Tuesday:
R+L Carriers Bowl: 34,014
Gildan New Mexico Bowl: 28,725
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: 18,223
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: 20,256
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: 33,067
Miami Beach Bowl: 20,761
Just think about that: the Texas Class 6A game brought in almost three times as many fans ye olde Potato Bowl. In fact, no bowl has even come close. That’s a sad statement about the state of bowl games, a powerful statement about the popularity of prep football in Texas or, perhaps, a bit of both.